In her first joint appearance with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, Michelle Obama riffed on the stock Democratic line that Clinton is the most qualified candidate ever.
“Yeah, that’s right,” the first lady said with a smile. “Hillary doesn’t play.”
“You may have noticed that I have been doing some campaigning for Hillary,” Michelle Obama joked during her speech at a campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, perhaps taking an oblique swipe at Donald Trump’s criticism that “all she wants to do is campaign.”
Obama said that her appearances on the campaign trail for Clinton are yet another symptom of an “unprecedented” election.
“That’s why I’m out here. I’m out here first and foremost because we have never had a more qualified and prepared candidate for president than our friend, Hillary Clinton,” she said to cheers. “She has more experience and exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime. Yes, more than Barack, more than Bill.”
“And yes,” Obama said with a smile, “she happens to be a woman.”
Obama went on to slam Trump’s claims that the election will be “rigged” without mentioning the GOP nominee by name.
“When you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy and saying that this election is rigged, understand they are trying to get you to stay home,” she said.
“In this country, the United States of America, the voters decide our elections,” the first lady continued. “They’ve always decided. Voters decide who wins and loses, period, end of story.”